Family, former students preserve legacy of beloved teacher

GRAVES COUNTY, KY – A community coping with loss is turning a tragedy into a triumph.

Teacher 71-year-old Ronald Alderdice died in a farming equipment accident last week in Graves County. His family said the educator was loved by many. His family and former students are coming together to keep his legacy in education alive.

Niki Midyett has been teaching for 18 years. She said she learned from a teacher who was a great example.

“He was this perfect combination of entertainer and educator, because his class was fun and he would tell stories. He had all these quirky little sayings. So, while it was fun and engaging, you knew you were going to learn that content,” Midyett said.

Midyett said Alderdice inspired her to go into the field of education.

“He always wanted his kids to do something, to be somebody, educate yourself, do something with yourself,” Midyett said.

That message is the reason Alderdice’s family is starting a scholarship fund in his honor. His daughter, Leslie Jackson, believes it’s the perfect way to help others and continue his legacy.

“He taught me about what hard work was, and I think it influences how I work today and it influences life in general. He taught me and my brother that and about truth,” Jackson said.

Midyett hopes she has the same impact.

“He built those special relationships with all the different kids that came through his classroom,” Midyett said.

He inspired them to go the distance.

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